Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back To School Countdown: 3 days

About 1 week- 3 days before school you should get back into the rhythm of schedule. You should start to wake up at about the regular school time. *NOTE: Do not all of a sudden start waking up at 6am- gradually start waking up earlier, and going to bed earlier, which will help.*

You should always keep your skin clean, but a couple days before school you should start to really cleanse well. I suggest cleansing your skin in the morning and at night, using masks, and applying a spot treatment. You really want flawless skin which is going to get you a more naturally pretty than looking cakey to cover everything up. 

 I also suggest getting your hair cut. I think a cute new cut looks great for back to school- especially if you get it 1-3 days before the 1st day, then you're more likely people won't see it. I love trying new styles, while knowing my limits because I want to go make with something new and spunky, but not a disaster!

Tomorrow (September 1) is the last day for my 50 Follower Giveaway! I really want to enter as many people as possible- so go and check it out! Make sure to follower the rules so that there's not issues when entering! Have a great first day and good luck! 
XOXO Charlotte <3 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back To School Countdown: 1-2 Weeks

 I know that some people have either already started, start this week, or start after Labor Day, but I thought I might as well still post this. About 1-2 weeks before school you should probably start shopping. You'll want to get all your supplies as for school (binders, paper, pens, notebook), and some new clothes and/or shoes. Shopping is probably my favorite part. I start on September 1, and I went school shopping (supplies) about two weeks ago, and as for clothes, I've bought a little at a time over the summer. As for clothes, I've made a post about what you'll need for clothing which you can check out here. Make sure you get transitioning pieces. Sometimes before school you forget that in a month the weather will dramatically change. Even though when you're shopping it's sunny and warm, it'll soon get breezy and chilly. I always look for key pieces like: jeans, a jacket, a pair of shoes, and some everyday tees. I'm going to be putting up a couple of back to school posts today so I can fit them all in before Labor Day. Hope you enjoy  <3 
XOXO Charlotte
P.S. Please check out my 50 Follower Giveaway! Ends September 1!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bartell Drugs Makeup Haul and Review!

Last week I stopped at Bartell Drugs because I noticed they were having a makeup sale! I decided to check it out, and ended up with a couple of products! 

 Maybelline Fit Me Powder: Ivory
Around $4      Grade: A+
I found this powder on clearance for around $4, which is about half off! I've seen a lot of adds for the Fit Me line, and decided I should try it. I've been using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder for a long time- and it doesn't even compare! Fit me doesn't look cakey or make you look like a pale ghost. It mattifies while still giving you a natural glow. My friend and I both use this product (she has oily skin and I have dry). It works for both of us because it mattifies (which helps her oily skin), and it gives a flawless, glowy finish (which compliments my dry skin).

Revlon Quad: Not Just Nudes
40% OFF! About $4
Haven't Tried Yet
I was so excited to see Revlon products on 40% off! Although I haven't tried this yet, I will do a review on this soon! This is perfect for back to school if your looking for a makeup quad that comes with some easy to apply, neutral shades.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk
DEAL: Buy 1, Get 1 50% off! 
Grade: A
I have been looking for NYX everywhere and finally found it! I don't have an Ulta near me, so I was so happy to see Bartell's had NYX! I decided to get the raved about jumbo eye pencil in Milk! I love it has a base, it doesn't highlight as well, but it's good as an all over lid base, and inner corner brightening product!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil: Iced Mocha
DEAL: Buy 1, Get 1, 50% off! 
Grade: A+
I decided to take advantage of the deal and get one more! I went with Iced Mocha because it's a great on the go lid color. It can be used alone or as a base. I just swiped this on one day and it looked really nice and put together. It blends really nicely and has the perfect smudging consistency!

I hope you enjoyed my haul! These are all perfect for back to school! Check out my new Wishlist page! Enjoy :) 
XOXO Charlotte
P.S. Please check out my 50 Follower Giveaway!

NEW: Wishlist Page

Hey Girls! I have added a new tab to my blog: Wishlist! This tab will hold all the products or items I want. This is in no way a list of things I'm asking for. It's just where I can write down (and you all can see) the products that over time I can hopefully buy or try out. These are just products that I am interested in and want to try. Whenever I am able to buy one of the products I will keep it on the list, but simply cross it out. This is an easy way for you to see what new products I have bought, or some that I would like to buy. If you see one get crossed off the list, leave a comment on one of my posts asking if you want a review-- this will make it easier to see what posts you want me to feature. Have a amazing day <3
XOXO Charlotte
P.S. Please check out my 50 Follower Giveaway!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Hey Girls! I just wanted to say that you all have until September 1 to enter my giveaway. 
Thanks to everyone who has already entered! 
-Holly, Miss Fashion Beauty
-Heather Sebastian
The 3 above have entered but are not following my blog. Thanks for entering, but to be completely eligible for this giveaway, you must follow- so be sure to do that! I also want to note that if anyone becomes a new follower to enter this giveaway and then unfollows afterward, will be disqualified from any future giveaway. You have 4 days left to enter! Good luck :) 
XOXO Charlotte! 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back To School: Makeup Kit ($10!)

 Hi Girls :) I found this set at Sephora from Bare Escentuals for only $10! It comes with a adorable lipgloss, eyeshadow and eyeliner!

This is the Buxom lipgloss in Dolly. I love this dusky rose color. It's perfect for everyday, and feels minty refresh on your lips! It has a smooth non-sticky consistency and glides on really well. 

This is the loose shadow in the shade Starlight. This is a perfect golden bronze for an all over lid color. It's a great brightening wash of color, and has the perfect amount of shimmer. 

This is the eyeliner in Intense Black. I love this eyeliner (I might buy the full size!). A little goes a really long way and it glides on your lash line so well. It smudges and blends easily and has a really straight line. It is super easy to apply and works amazingly well!! *****

I think this package comes with a great kit for school (and affordable!). **Add a mascara if needed, and you have a perfect look for an everyday eye/lip. I will do a tutorial if you want- leave suggestions in the comments! Hope you enjoy :) XOXO Charlotte 
P.S. Check out my 50 follower giveaway! Ends Sept. 1!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Back To School: Fashion Outfits

Hey Everyone! Sorry I've been MIA this week :( I was so busy getting ready for school, and counseling at a camp. I know a lot of you have already started school (leave a comment of when you start), but I start on September 1. This will be helpful to everyone even if you have already started!

The first thing I worry about is what I am going to wear for the first day. I have come up with a list of must have pieces that I advise everyone to have for back to school. Check out thee lovely links for my thoughts on pieces for back to school!

  • First off, JEANS! Everyone needs at least one pair of jeans. They go with everything, and are perfect to throw on when you sleep in late. I suggest getting at least 2 that are different styles and/or color. This pair from Forever 21 is adorable, inexpensive ($26), casual, but the distressing is still stylish. I also think having a nice skinny jean is good because you can convert it to casual and dressy. I love this pair from Nordstrom- and they're on sale!
  • The second necessity is sweaters. I think everyone should have one basic 3/4 length one. This black one from Nordstroms is perfect, I have one in black, gray, and other bright shades. I also think having a striped cardigan is great- especially if it has horizontal stripes because it slims the figure. I adore this one from Forever 21. When fall hits, you'll want something cozy to pair with skinny jeans and riding boots. This cozy knit sweater from Forever 21 is perfect! EXTRA: If you want to get something funky and patterned, I suggest animal print. This one from Forever 21 has a great pattern and it's still super soft!
  • Tees: I think you should have a majoraty of basic tees and then some dressy, fun ones. I love Aeropostale tees. They fit nicely and have different designs. They always have great deals like buy 2 for $12, or buy on get on 1/2 off. I specifically like they're scoop neck tees and this one is casual, yet girly. I also love striped tees! This one from Aeropostale compares to other expensive ones. I love this one in navy!
  • Skirts: Skirts are a fun way to dress up an outfit. Here are my favorite types: 
  • -Bodycon: solid color, floral, stripes and flowers, and tribal print. 
  • Coats: In fall and winter, you'll need some adorable cozy jackets! Here are some links to some cute ones: puffer, peacoat, and bomber. 
 I hope you all enjoyed this! I think stores like Forever 21, Aeropostale, and others are great for Back to School shopping. Look out for more back to school posts everyday! :) 
XOXO Charlotte <3 
P.S. Please check out my 50 follower giveaway!

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Benefit: Feelin' Cheeky Review

     At my most recent trip to the mall, I picked up the Benefit Feelin' Cheeky set from Sephora. This set comes with Benefits most popular cheek/lip stains and highlighters: Posie Tint, HighBeam, and Benetint. I got this set for $15. This is a steal because the single version of these products runs at about $28-$29 for around 0.4 fluid ounces. This is a great deal because you're getting 0.13 fluid ounces of each product! They last forever and you only need one drop to give you the perfect lip/cheek/or highlight. 

    This is what the 3 products look like. As for formula, High Beam has the thickest, and Benetint has the most liquid formula. Posie Tint has a medium formula. I love High Beam for highlighting, because It gives a highlighted glow, and not sparkles. Most highlighters have sparkles in then, which can get distracting. I like how High Beam gives a natural glow that shines (in a good way!) when the light hits it. As for the cheek/lip stains, Posie Tint is better for cheeks, and Benetint is better for lips. Since Posie Tint is more think, I find that it blends better on cheeks. Benetint is definitely liquid, so it gives a nice stain to your lips. When I tried using Benetint on my cheeks, the color pay off was horrible. It didn't blend nicely on my skin, and if you don't start blending immediately, it leaves spot marks on your skin. I definitely suggest using Benetint on lips, and Posie Tint on cheeks, because that's where they look best.
    Overall, this deserves ***** stars! I'm so glad I got it and for $15, I think everyone should try it out. The products are amazing and work great once you try them. I use them everyday, but, they last forever! 

    XOXO Charlotte <3 

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Mermaid's Tail: Nail of the Day

    I recently decided to paint my nails a teal/royal blue with iridescent greens and aquas. This is the perfect mermaid's tail combination. The blue represents the tail, and the glitter on the ring finger represents the scales and shimmer. 

     I used NYC's Empire State Blue on all my fingers, and NYC's Starry Silver Glitter on my ring finger. I also wore NYC's topcoat.

    This is a close up on my fingers. The blue ranges from teal/navy/ and royal blue depending on the light. It shimmers, but the dark color tones it down. The ring finger has chunky glitter on top. I wanted something with actual glitter to complete the look, and add dimension. This combination makes the perfect mermaid tail!

    I hope you enjoyed this nail of the day! All these colors are 99 cents and are available at any drugstore. I personally love this pair, and will be wearing it throughout summer and fall! 
    Please check out my 50 follower giveaway! <3 
    XOXO Charlotte

    Revised: A Little Glitter, Get To Know Me Better

    This is my revised post from

    How did you find out about islandbeaty33?  That's me!
    Sephora or Ulta? Sephora- it would be Ulta, but there's not one in my town :(
    Facebook or Twitter? neither
    Gel, Liquid, or Pencil Liner? I like liquid on upper lashline and pencil on waterline.
    What are the last three beauty related things you bought? From Sephora I got the Feelin' Cheeky set (Benetint, Posie Tint, and High Beam), and Bare Escentuals lipgloss, eyeshadow, and liner set. I also got a Physicians Formula trio in Baked Smokes.
    Natural or Smokey Eye? Natural! It's fun to do a smokey eye for special occasions though.
    Bright colors or light colors? I like bright colors more in general, but as for makeup I would say light/neutral.
    Red lips or pink lips? PINK <3
    Going out or staying in? Both :)
    Curly hair or straight hair? I naturally have curly hair, and I like it the way it is. Yet, sometimes it's sleek and different with straight.
    Pets or no pets? Pets! I have a dog named Toby :)
    Texting or talking on the phone? I'd rather talk, but i love to text!
    What's your favorite blog?  I love a lot of beauty bloggers, but here are some that I read everyday:,,,,,, and Check out those lovely bloggers!

    Feel free to leave your answer to this below! Please check out my 50 follower giveaway :)
    XOXO Charlotte

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Miss Fashion Beauty Giveaway!

    Miss Fashion Beauty is hosting an amazing Organic Surge giveaway. You could possibly win bath gels, lotions, and face masks. This giveaway is open internationally! Check it out and also look out for her month long giveaways!!
    XOXO Charlotte

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    50 Follower Giveaway *CLOSED*!

    Finally!!-- my 50 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!! I am so excited and thankful! I never thought I would hit 50, and at the rate that I did! I want to thank everyone who follows me and comments on my posts, they mean the world to me! I am so blessed, and I want to give back with this giveaway :) This is not open internationally- sorry! I am shipping nail polish- but I promise I will have an international giveaway soon!

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    I will be giving away 4 Wet n' Wild products. I am not being sponsored by Wet n' Wild. I happen to love these products and own all of them! They are all very pigmented, and are some of my favorite Wet n' Wild products! They are still in their packaging and have not been opened.
    The four products I got were: 
    -Coloricon Eyeliner in Green
    -Coloricon Eyeliner in Turquoise
    -Natural Lip Blend in Sugar
    -Wild Shine Nail Polish in Blazed

    1.  You must be a follower of my blog. This giveaway is in reward for succeeding 50 followers, so this giveaway is given to my followers. 
    2. Leave your GFC name (google friend connect). This is how I will know you're following me.
    3. Write your email below so I can message you if you win.
    4. Leave a post that you suggest me to write.

    1. +1: Leave a comment with your all time favorite product.
    2. +2: Write a blog post about this giveaway. There must be "islandbeauty33 giveaway" somewhere in the title. Leave a link to the post below. 
    3. +3: Feature my giveaway on your sidebar and/or contest page. Use the collage picture (1st one), and link it to this post. Also, write the giveaway end date next to it (Sept. 1). Write your blog name below. 
    This giveaway ends September 1st at midnight Pacific time. Spread the word, and good luck to everyone! Love you all <3 Charlotte

    NYX on HauteLook Sale!

    OMG!! I just found out that NYX cosmetics will be hosted on HauteLook!  I suggest you all check it out! They sell sets of products in the same color range, or product range (face, eyes, lips, nails). Some of the ones I am interested in are:
    • Sassy Diva Set (eyelashes & glue, Lip Laquer in Okie Dokie Artichokie, Trio Eyeshadow, Lip Pencil)
    • Neutral Babe Set (Eyelashes & Glue, Eye Pencil in Black, Trio Eyeshadow, Lipstick in Frosted Pink) 
    • Blooming Blush Set (Cream Blush: Boho Chic, Powder Blush: peach, Mosaic Blush: Spice) 
    • Concealer Set (Concealer Jar, Concealer Stick, Concealer Wand, Large Concealer Brush)
    I advise everyone to check it out and look at the great deals. Most of these products range from $12-$20! Check it out and comment if you end up buying anything!
    XOXO Charlotte

    ****P.S. I have bought everything for my 50 follower giveaway! I am having a difficulty transferring the pictures. Would you rather me use pictures from the internet, or wait and try to fix my camera issue? Thanks! 

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Trend Alert: Coral Is The New PINK!

    Hey Everyone! I have been noticing that Coral Watermelon has been really popular lately. I love the bright color, and is super fun! It's more sophisticated that neon, but is totally unexpected! I love this color with gold accents. I find that gold highlights it best. Tell me how you like to style coral in your wardrobe!
    XOXO Charlotte 

    P.S. Sorry I've been gone for awhile-- I took a break! I bought all the items for my giveaway, but I'm having a difficulty uploading the pictures. Would you rather me wait a day or two to figure it out, or just use pictures from online (promise I already have them!)? Thanks <3 

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Lovely Blogger Award!

    I got this award from a really sweet girl named Clair! You can visit her blog here. I thank her so much for awarding this to me!

    The rules:
    1. Link back to the person that awarded you this.
    2. Write seven random facts about yourself. 
    3. Award some lovely bloggers! 
    Random Facts:
    1. I have 2 sisters. 
    2. I love the Summer I Turned Pretty series. 
    3. I've moved 8 times! 
    4. I'm seeing Selena Gomez in concert in September! 
    5. I wake up in the middle of the night and remember things-- I always need a pen and paper near my bed so I can write it down! 
    6. I have a pet dog named Toby <3 
    7. I live on the water! 
    Thank you so much Clair for awarding me this! I award:

    XOXO Charlotte

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    I HIT 50!

    OMG-- i just logged and realized I hit 50 followers! This is so excited! I never thought my blog would get this far this quickly! Thank you so much to everyone! I love making posts, reading your comments, and communicating through blogging! I will have my 50 follower giveaway post up ASAP! ;) Thanks again!
    XOXO Charlotte

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    IntroToBeauty Giveaway!

    Hey everyone! is hosting a 100 subscriber giveaway! The prizes include OPI nail polishes, LOREAL Voluminous Million Lashes, ELF: lashes, lipgloss, and all over color stick. It also comes with a really cool nail tool kit! The giveaway ends August 19th, so I would go check it out as soon as possible! She has amazing prizes and good luck to everyone!
    XOXO Charlotte 


    2011: BACK TO SCHOOL TAG!!

    Since school is almost here, I wanted to do the back to school tag 2011!

    1.  What are you excited and/or nervous for this year? I am going to a new school, so I'm nervous about not knowing anyone, but excited to meet new people and have a good time!
    2.  What's your favorite part of getting ready for back to school? Back to School Shopping!
    3.  What grade were you in when you first started wearing makeup to school? Around 7th grade.
    4.  Where or from whom do you like getting inspiration for back to school trends & styles? Seventeen magazine, youtube, and my friends!
    5. What are your favorite upcoming "back to school"/fall trends for this year? I'm not sure, I like to mix it up: Girly, edgy, and then tribal and boho!
    6. Where do you like to go shopping for back to school supplies? Target :)
    7. What are your favorite stores to go back to school shopping? Forever 21,  H&M, and B.P!
    8. Will you be carrying a backpack or a purse to school this year? Which do you prefer? Both- Backpack to carry things to and from school, and a tote around campus.
    9.  What are 3 non-beauty essentials you HAVE to carry in your backpack/purse? Books, phone, and pen & pad of paper.
    10. What are 3-4 beauty essentials that you HAVE to carry in you backpack/purse? Powder, lipgloss/chapstick and oil blotting sheets.
    11.  What are your go-to hair products for this year, and what is your go to hair style? John Frieda Frizz Ease, Moroccan Oil, Herbal Essence Shampoo and Conditioner, TRESseme Hair Spray, Aussie Catch the Wave, and Tresseme Heat Protectant. and Aussie 3 minute miracle. 
    12.  What are your go-to makeup products for this year and what is your go-to makeup look for school? Neutral eye and face for school. Products: LashBlast mascara, lipgloss, Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin, Maybelline Define A Line eyeliner, NYC brown eyes palette, MAC lipstick in Overtime, ELF makeup brushes, Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, Maybelline Shine Free Oil Control Powder, and Covergirl Naturluxe Foundation. 
    13.  What are your go-to clothing items for back to school, and what accessories to you plan to rock this year? Cute boots, Tribal Print, Boho-Girly style, floral, edgy jackets, boho accessories, and JEANS!
    That was my answers to the back to school tag! What are you excited and nervous about for school? Leave back to school post requests below! 
    XOXO Charlotte


    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Toning Tip: Water (And Diamonds!) Are A Girl's Best Friend!

    How much water do you drink a day? Probably not enough. It is said that we need to drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps slim your waistline, gives you a clearer skin, and boosts your energy. One tip: drink water before you eat. Sometimes we confuse ourselves with thirst and hunger, and we end up eating when we should be drinking. This also controls bingeing (an eating disorder where you are constantly snacking and over eating). If your not a big fan of water, they have natural drinks with splashes of fun flavors (strawberry and lemon!), that contain mostly water but are more tasty!
    Let's all drink water every day and continue on to clearer skin and a healthier you!

    XOXO Charlotte


    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Review: Skintimate Shave Products

    I recently picked up Skintimate Shave Products. I thought I should do a review on these and share my thoughts on them!

    Out of all the different types of Skintimate products, this group would be the most average. This group consists of a gel formula. They work amazing, but do not specialize in anything. I picked up the Raspberry one (Pink), and I absolutely loved it! It made my legs smooth and gorgeous! Plus, it smelt really nice! Some creams and gels leave irritation bumps on my legs, which I hate. This product not only did not give me those bumps, but fixed and removed the bumps from the previous product used! This is fairly inexpensive (around $2). I've used it for 3 weeks, and still have tons left!  

     This is the more specialized group of products. This group consists of a gel formula. This is the 'Skin Therapy' group. There are 3 products in the group that are meant to work or fix what you need for your skin. The pink one is for dry skin. This gives touchably smooth skin, and protects against cuts. It gives moisture and a smooth shave. The blue one (middle product) helps by keeping your skin smooth and healthy. It creates a baby soft finish. The last one (green), is made for sensitive skin. This is for skin that irritates quickly and breaks out into rashes. This has a formula that fixes rashes and prevents from getting them.

    This is the moisturizing cream shave. This is basically like the Skin Therapy group, except it's in cream form. This gives the luxurious shave you want. It has great results that are sleek and sensational. The first one (pink), is made for dry skin. It is instantly softer and hydrated. The second one (green) is for extra gentle skin. It gives a cushion of moisture and protection. The last one (blue) specializes in revitalizing your skin. It leaves your skin silky smooth, and revitalized.

    I love this line of shave gels and creams. This is definitely my favorite type! I recommend it to everyone to try out. They have so many different types, scents, textures, and range to help many different skin types. Overall, this product deserves an A!
    XOXO Charlotte


    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Toning Tip: Fruit First

    Today I wanted to write another Toning Tip post. During the summer, I don't want to snack on heavy foods. I love fruit, especially during the summer. It's really easy and light. I am a big fan of fruit-- there are so many to choose from and they taste amazing! Fruit also fills you up. I love making fruit salads because I can make a big bowl of all my favorite fruits that taste amazing and are good for you!

    I really suggest eating up as much fruit as possible. They have natural sugars and are really good for you. I really hope you enjoy<3
    XOXO Charotte!


    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Sally Beauty Supply Haul

    I've always wanted to check out Sally Beauty Supply, and today when I was shopping, I saw one and I totally had to go in. I wanted to check it out, and see what they had. I only got a couple of items, but I wanted to haul it!

    The first thing I got was a navy gel eyeliner from Femme Couture.  This is my first gel eyeliner, and I wanted to try it out. I wanted a navy because I wanted something close to black, but lighter. This is originally $5.99, but I got it on sale for $1.99! The next thing I got was some nail art stickers. I love adding these to my toes! They are really easy to apply, and last a long time! Mine have little hearts on them! This was $2.99. I also got an overnight lash treatment. This will lengthen and strengthen your lashes overnight! This was also $2.99! I also bought Orly's nail polish in Frisky. This is a really pretty aqua/tiffany blue. This was $5.49. The last thing I bought was some pencil eyeliners. It was buy two, get one free, so I went with the deal. It was $1.79 each. I got one in black, and two in white.

    That was all I got! I hope you enjoyed this, and look out for a back to school haul soon! Enjoy<3
    XOXO Charlotte